Red

The red, autumnal leaves of a tree overhead. Maple trees like this always give good displays at around this time of year. The deep reds and oranges are actually present in the leaves year round, but only become visible once the green of the chlorophyll is removed by the tree.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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Running

Just a (quick) attempt at trying out something new with an old photograph. It actually took quite a while to get the colours exactly how I wanted them, even if the digital compositing itself was pretty straightforward. I selectively added a couple of textures over the top to enhance the red colour, but also to add a gritty feel to the image.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Power

A long-exposure of the Ratcliff-on-Soar power station taken at dusk. This has allowed the movement of the clouds to be recorded, as well as the plumes of steam joining them from the cooling towers. The red colour comes from split-toning the picture after a black and white conversion.

This is a panorama of four photos that had to be hand-stitched together, as Photoshop’s automate function couldn’t handle the movement in the clouds between shots. It was really only a 20 minute job, with the help of the patch tool and the clone stamp. If you are unsure of how to use these, I would recommend looking up the many useful videos on Photoshop TV.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Oxborough Hall

The entrance to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, UK. This is a moated medieval manor of some size, all made of this same kind of brick. This shot was taken on the bridge over the moat, at the only position you can cross to access the internal courtyard. It was a busy place and took some waiting before I could take this without getting any people in, but I think it was worth the wait.

This was something of an experiment for me, as I shot three exposures for HDR hand held. Usually, I would use a tripod for this, but after seeing other peoples’ hand held work on Flickr, I thought it was worth a go myself. It turns out that the alignment algorithm in Photomatix 4 is much better than the one I remember in version 3. Although there was noticeable movement between each of my three exposures, Photomatix easily dealt with it. From the final result, you would assume this was taken with a tripod. Knowing that I now don’t have to take one every time I go out will save me several kilos of equipment and will hopefully mean I can get even better pictures.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Two Graves

Two gravestones bathed in evening light. The red of the grass comes from the Indian Summer filter of Color Efex Pro. On its own, this didn’t have quite the desired effect, so I created an additional contrasty layer to help with the shadows, as well as one for the vignette. I thought the red worked well with this scene because it is such an unnatural colour for the grass to be. It really helps the gravestones to stand out, and also makes what could otherwise be a bit of a bland image into something a bit more special.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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